Mani-Apostle of Jesus Christ

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    The peacock was once a symbol of Lucifer, but here we find it
    is also connected with the Manicheans:
    Syrian Christians

    "Incidentally it is worth mentioning that St.Thomas in Mylapore is
    connected with a peacock and the Bleeding Cross itself shows carved
    images of peacock. It was Mani and his disciples who knew the art of
    transforming themselves into peacocks and fly in the air. Hence
    Subhra-Mani (light- Mani) was always associated with a peacock .It
    was Mani's chief disciple Ammon while attempting to fly as a peacock
    was shot by an arrow by a hunter and he died. He was buried in
    Mylapore, which in olden times was a trading centre known for export
    of peacocks and peacock feathers. The Armenian merchants who used to
    trade with Middle East countries were followers of Mani and had long
    established trade connections with the Chettys in Tamil kingdoms,
    like Chola, Chera and Pandy.Their head quarter was Kanchipuram; In
    the 3rd centuryAD they had established a Church in Mylapore, which
    was later destroyed due to persecution of Mani followers by Hindu and
    Muslim Rulers. The Portuguese excavated this area in the 16th century
    and hit history when they found remnants of an Armenian Church and a
    cross. They proclaimed them as of St. Thomas origin though the
    evidences unearthed clearly pointed towards Manachean origin. "

    The Thomas Christians of India have long been connected with Mani it
    seems. The peacock here represents the Redeemed Lucifer.

    -Br.Bruce
     
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    Hello Fellow Travellers,
    One thing missed from my account is the tradition that Mani was an artist. The Manichean books are remarkable for their beauty:

    Qoco

    Strict asceticism was practiced by the more advanced members. But not among the "hearers". Look at the way Augustine behaved when he was a Manichean.

    Thankfully, the days of asceticism are over.

    Another misunderstanding is about the Eucharist. The Manicheans did practice a Eucharist- though it was not recognised by the Church. The Manichean Communion was a water only affair (bread too, of course) - as it was in the Mysteries of Mithra; and all the ancient mysteries for that matter.

    These people were known as the Aquarii:
    Aquarii - LoveToKnow 1911

    The Ebionites also had this kind of Communion.

    Mani's relationship to the sacred abultions started when his father was among the the Mughtasilah, a Jewish ascetic group - followers of John the Baptist.

    Mani's father had taken the boy at the age of four to live among this group.

    'Mughtasilah' means, 'Those Who Wash Themselves'. They were Mandaeans from "manda" meaning "secret knowledge."


    -Br.Bruce
     
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    Hi Friends,
    Truly everything about us and in us is the result of spirit (not energy). Spirit is intelligent; not just mindless energy.

    More from Rudolf Steiner:
    When we look out into the Cosmos, we see the World Spirit at work:

    The Redemption of Thinking Rudolf Steiner.

    -Br.Bruce
     
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    I wanted to comment that the aim of living in the flow of life is also an aim of Zen. Even hardened forms like the koans are not really Zen in its purest form.

    -Steiner

    Zen also seeks for the essence and not get lost in details. This is esotericism.

    -Br.Bruce
     
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    Dear Friends,
    There is one indication of Dr. Steiner's that we haven't followed up on as yet.

    I posted earlier on Parzifal as a Manichaean text- and there is more to be said on that. Another story we can have a look is that of Dr. Faustus. Steiner discusses the relationship between Faust and the earlier figure of Faustus the Manichaean- opponent of Augustine.

    There are the very fine literary works by Marlowe and later, Goethe- Faust though, was an historical figure. (I have a lovely little article by Emil Bock on the historical figure of Dr. Faustus.)

    In Faust we have the theme of Good & Evil and a struggling Promethean man. I'd like to take this up at a later date. Does the Manichaean doctrine appear in Faust?

    -Br.Bruce
     
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    Here is the wiki on Terebinthus
    Terebinthus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "Terebinthus (also Terebinthus of Turbo [1]) was the pupil of
    Scythianus, during the 1st-2nd century CE, according to the early
    Christian writer Cyril of Jerusalem."

    Father Mani met his martyrdom in Gondeshapur (or Jundishapur). It was
    the city founded by Shapur 1 in the 3rd century AD. The site of this
    misdeed, where his body was hung, was known forever after as 'Mani's
    Gate'.

    Gondishapur was to be later the site of the most remarkable learning
    center in Persia: The Academy of Gondishapur.

    The Academy of Jundishapur was formally set on its way when the Roman
    emperor Justinian closed the Academy in Athens in 529 AD, and the
    displaced Greek scholars moved to Jundishapur in southern Persia.

    A Bishop of Edessa in 545 AD enforced the decrees of the Council of
    Chalcedon against the Nestorians in his diocese, and some of them
    migrated to Persia. Previous purges had occurred in 487 and 489.
    Nestorian scholars also formed part of the Academy.
     
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    Manicheism is Ming Jiao in China- a name that gave title to the famous "Ming" dynasty.
    Jin Yong (Real name: Louis Cha) wrote a novel: Tales of the Heavenly Sword and the Dragon Sabre which has been turned into Kung Fu TV and movies. The story contains protagonists which belong to a Manichean cult known as Ming Gao.
    Ming Gao Sect - The Condor Trilogy Zone


    Ming Gao:
    www.webcom/gnosis/chinese.gnosis.academic.html

    The Manicheans ceased to exist in the 14th century, but I have seen a photo of one remaining temple in China. [​IMG]
    Of course it remained underground. As I posted previously, it reappeared in Europe as Grail Christianity.

    Apparently the Buddhist writings "Taisho Tripitaka" vol. 54 is Manichean.
     

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